Physics Fundamentals: From Playgrounds to Action Parks

What is an adventure park? What is a playground? How are these two alike? How are they different? Why is a playground less fun than an adventure park? Students explore the physics of fun in this course by viewing a model roller coaster/film; observing several playgrounds and collecting data; reading adventure parks and playgrounds. (BBK- anchor text). Observations/experiment of falling objects using lab tools. Readings- jigsaw text, personal account, photos, graphs on gravity, freefall.

Media Used: 
Jigsaw texts on freefall: on velocity, acceleration, gravity, force
Visit to Great Adventure (Fall term- late October Friday)(Spring term- educator’s day- early May)
Significant Assignments: 

Create a model of a loop-the-loop using a ball with description and diagrams of forces acting on it.

Diagram of forces acting on a person on a merry-go-round

Detailed concept map- gravity in the playground- adventure park.

Significant Activities or Projects: 

Final presentation displaying design and one fabricated component of proposed playground element chosen by student.

Describe, diagram forces acting on a ball rolling down a ramp and off a table and determine landing point. This includes a background research component.

Sample PBATs: 
How can we describe the fun of a slide or roller coaster in numbers?
Can we design a playground that maximizes "fun"?